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Amata at American Samoa pillar of the WW II memorial in Washington, D.C.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is commemorating World War II anniversaries of D-Day and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. June 6th marks the major 75th anniversary of D-Day, so World War II allied nations across the world are pausing to remember. Also, this week...
Samoans and family members of US Army Garrison-Humphreys in South Korea
Samoans serving in the US Army, along with their family members, are pictured following their Asian Pacific American Heritage Month performance last Wednesday, at US Army Garrison-Humphreys in South Korea.  Among the soldiers pictured is Lehualani Gillis, daughter of Samoa News reporter, Leua Aiono...
The Toa o Samoa monthly church service was held May 26th, 2019 at the Malaeloa Methodist Church under the leadership of Rev. Fa’atoto and Mrs. Fenaui Tu’ua Tapuai. Now in its 15th year, the TOA o SAMOA church services continue to bring together families, friends, active and retired soldiers to...
Capt. Arex Avanni (left),Capt. Michael Long (right),Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday (center)
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard welcomed a new commander at Sector Honolulu, Friday, as Capt. Arex Avanni assumed command from Capt. Michael Long. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander Coast Guard 14th District, presided over the change of command ceremony. A change of command is a military tradition that...
Taupou Mary Leausa Dorleus from Fagali'I and Ma'asina Fagaloa, Upolu Samoa who resides in Hinesville, Georgia, pictured with Ray Robanadakavu from Suva, Fiji.
Washington, D.C. — In a proclomation, the U.S. President kicked off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. "This month, we honor the more than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who call America home, and we express our sincere gratitude to all those who are selflessly...
Marne Soldiers of Asian and Pacific heritage dancing
The Marne Soldiers of Asian and Pacific heritage in their production and performance for the Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage observance, on Wednesday, 22nd May 2019 in Fort Stewart, Georgia.  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who...
Members of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues including Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata was humbled to speak in honor of women veterans at a special wreath laying ceremony at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. “It’s special to be here in this beautiful place, and part of this wonderful wreath...
(l-r) SSG Pine, Lani; SFC Tuitoelau, Salamo; CPT Gonzales, Ricardo; SFC Leaupepe, Samantha; MSG McCall, Poumele; WO1 Lokeni, Lancelot.
Fort Lee, VIRGINIA — CPT Ricardo Gonzales, (3rd from left) and some of American Samoa’s Toa o Samoa after his promotion ceremony from 1LT to CPT at Fort Lee, VA on May 13, 2019. CPT Gonzales is the son of the late Miguel Gonzales and Eve of Aua. He is humbled with the opportunity God has blessed...
Noel Folasa Taeleifi Faiivae Iuli Godinet Chun with his wife, daughter and friend
Noel Folasa Taeleifi Faiivae Iuli Godinet Chun of Leone was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the U.S Army National Guard (Active Guard Reserve) on Saturday, May 11th at his home in Chandler, AZ.  About 150 people attended the ceremony to celebrate Lt. Colonel Chun. He was pinned by his wife...
Josie Tauoa with her father and brother
Ms. Josie Tauoa was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) in the United States Navy this month in the State of Hawai’i.  Her parents are Senator Muagututi’a Moevasa Tauoa of Faga’itua and Sosefina M. Tauoa of Savaii. At her promotion ceremony in Honolulu, she was pinned by her father and her...

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